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Meaning of SURPRISE

Pronunciation:  sur'prIz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of surprising someone
  2. [n]  a sudden unexpected event
  3. [n]  the astonishment you feel when something totally unexpected happens to you
  4. [v]  take unawares or by surprise; cause to be surprised; "The news really surprised me"
  5. [v]  attack by storm; attack suddenly
  6. [v]  take unawares; "She surprised the couple"; "He surprised an interesting scene"

SURPRISE is a 8 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: storm, surprisal
 See Also: act, alteration, amaze, amazement, assail, astonish, astonishment, astound, attack, ball over, blow, blow out of the water, boggle, bombshell, bowl over, catch, change, coup de theatre, disruption, eye opener, flabbergast, floor, modification, move, perturbation, shock, shock, stun, stunner, take aback, thunderbolt, thunderclap



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sur*prise"\, n. [F. surprise, fr. surprendre, surpris;
    sur over + prendre to take, L. prehendere. See {Sur-}, and
    1. The act of coming upon, or taking, unawares; the act of
       seizing unexpectedly; surprisal; as, the fort was taken by
    2. The state of being surprised, or taken unawares, by some
       act or event which could not reasonably be foreseen;
       emotion excited by what is sudden and strange; a suddenly
       excited feeling of wonder or astonishment.
             Pure surprise and fear Made me to quit the house.
    3. Anything that causes such a state or emotion.
    4. A dish covered with a crust of raised paste, but with no
       other contents. [Obs.] --King.
    {Surprise party}, a party of persons who assemble by mutual
       agreement, and without invitation, at the house of a
       common friend. [U.S.] --Bartlett.
    Syn: Wonder; astonishment; amazement.
  2. \Sur*prise"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Surprised}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Surprising}.] [From {Surprise}, n.: cf. F.
    surprendre, p. p. surpris.]
    1. To come or fall suddenly and unexpectedly; to take
       unawares; to seize or capture by unexpected attack.
             Fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. --Isa.
                                                   xxxiii. 14.
             The castle of Macduff I will surprise. --Shak.
             Who can speak The mingled passions that surprised
             his heart?                            --Thomson.
    2. To strike with wonder, astonishment, or confusion, by
       something sudden, unexpected, or remarkable; to confound;
       as, his conduct surprised me.
             I am surprised with an uncouth fear.  --Shak.
             Up he starts, Discovered and surprised. --Milton.
    3. To lead (one) to do suddenly and without forethought; to
       bring (one) into some unexpected state; -- with into; as,
       to be surprised into an indiscretion; to be surprised into
    4. To hold possession of; to hold. [Obs.]
             Not with me, That in my hands surprise the
             sovereignity.                         --J. Webster.
    Syn: See {Astonish}.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are pleasantly surprised indicates that you are opened in acknowledging and confronting your unconscious feelings. Dreaming that you are unpleasantly surprised, suggests fear of the unexpected and unknown. You are not wanting to face your feelings.